is the pursuit of perfection. >>> white house rejects counteroffer from republicans as both sides remain far apart on avoiding the fiscal cliff. president obama meanwhile will meet with some of the nation's governors to talk about the cliff, growth and deficit reduction. and oracle puts the pedal to the metal, the company accelerates difference denied payments and larry ellison is the big winner. it's tuesday, december 4th, 2012, "squawk box" begins right now.